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ATS
Silverdale

http://www.atsid.com

About ATS
ATS is an innovative engineering company that provides information exploitation and naval logistics services and technologies to agencies and departments within the U.S. Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and various government/civilian organizations. ATS also provides mission-critical IT support services to both government and commercial customers. Founded in 1980, ATS is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with offices in Silverdale, WA, Norfolk, VA and Washington, D.C. More information about ATS services and technology is available online at http://www.atsid.com.

RTD Award: Phase II

Project Title: "Schema mapping for a flexible graphical data mining platform"

Research Partner: Associate Professor Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University

Phase Began: 2009

ATS, a Silverdale-based provider of intelligent search software and services, is working with Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to develop data merging algorithms.

WSU will receive $50,000 in Phase II research and technology development funding from Washington Technology Center and $17,500 from ATS for the project titled "Schema mapping for a flexible graphical data mining platform."

ATS and WSU Associate Professor Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar will continue a working collaboration in this Phase II project. The team plans to develop algorithms for recognizing similar or duplicate nodes or objects in a single database, or two related databases, and suitably merging them. These new data mining algorithms will aid in the discovery of information vital to many fields including Homeland Security and law enforcement.

"The power exists to generate, gather, share, and store vast amounts of information. The problem, however, is easily fusing this data so relationships and patterns are revealed and can be explored. A barrier to fusing data in any kind of cost or time effective manner is the issue of schema mapping. Without schema mapping, multiple data sources quickly become a digital version of the Tower of Babel and useless for providing timely information. Schema mapping is currently a time-consuming manual process and many data fusion initiatives have met their end due to the time and costs associated with schema mapping. This project with WSU holds the potential to significantly speed up the mapping process and position the State of Washington as a leader in the deep mining of the Internet and other large data sources."

ATS President David Wachter

"This project will build upon our earlier work on mining data objects represented graphically as nodes and links between them. Similarity between nodes based on their attributes and links to other nodes will be used to identify and combine similar objects."

Associate Professor Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar, Washington State University

"State grants which bring together local companies and research institutions will empower innovative ideas to become practical solutions and drive job creation and business opportunities. I am proud of the Silverdale-based company, ATS, which is a good example of a local company working with a state university."

State Sen. Phil Rockefeller (D-Kitsap County)

RTD Award: Phase I

Project Title: "Graphical Data Mining platform for Social Analysis and Network Discovery"

Research Partner: Associate Professor Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University

Phase Began: 2008

ATS Intelligent Discovery, a Silverdale-based provider of intelligent search software and services, is working with Associate Professor Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar of Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to develop a graphical database mining platform for improved data analysis and discovery.

WSU received $43,368 in Phase I Research and Technology Development funding from Washington Technology Center for the project titled "Graphical Data Mining platform for Social Analysis and Network Discovery."

Ten years ago, data storage was expensive, computer processing power was limited and databases were designed to optimize this precious processing and storage resource. Today processing power and costs have improved, but much data is still stored in a format that optimizes processing and storage over analysis and discovery.

In this Phase I project, ATS Intelligent Discovery and Dr. Sivakumar will develop and demonstrate powerful data mining algorithms and applications facilitated by ATS's patent pending REGGAE multidimensional data analysis engine. These new data mining algorithms will aid in the discovery of information vital to many fields including Homeland Security and law enforcement.

"Research innovation and ideas are shaping up to form the cornerstone of our 21st century economy. Public-private partnerships in our high-tech industry will play a big role in driving that economy forward. A great example of this is ATS Intelligent Discovery's work with WSU on its data mining project. I'm pleased that Kitsap County is the home base of this dynamic company."

State Sen. Phil Rockefeller, (D-Kitsap County)

"ATS Intelligent Discovery's ability to secure this grant is testament to the quality of work they're doing. High tech continues to drive our state's economy and it's great to see Silverdale on the edge of this job-producing industry. ATS's success and innovation will draw jobs to our community, and that's good news for everyone."

State Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo)

"Advances in research and development are key to our state's continued economic strength. This award shows how important Kitsap County's businesses are to the state network of research institutions and cutting-edge computer sciences."

State Rep. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island)

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Erudite Systems, Inc.

Everett

Researcher: Professor Les Atlas, Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

Everett-based Erudite Systems, Inc. is teamed with Professor Les Atlas to develop an acoustic monitoring system designed to increase security measures for the shipping industry. More than 6 million shipping containers enter U.S. ports each year. Yet only two percent of containers are inspected by customs officials. Large-scale inspection operations are an impractical and costly endeavor. Sensors offer a more cost-effective and non-invasive solution. ESI and UW are collaborating on the development of an acoustic monitoring system that would allow for real-time monitoring of sound and vibration signals in a container environment. The project combines ESI's Ambient Envelope Sensor (AES) technology with the UW's Modulation Spectrum technology which compresses waveforms for cost-effective storage and access. ESI hopes to incorporate this new acoustic technology into its latest products in development -- GeoLock and StrongBox -- which use vibration, temperature, GPS, and other sensors to monitor shipping container activity and increase security.

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Information Systems Laboratories

Seattle

Researcher: Denise Wilson, Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

Project Year(s): 2005

Information Systems Laboratories, a science and engineering innovator in the fields of sensors, communications, and signal processing, is collaborating with Professor Wilson to develop a "tool kit" (hardware, simulation platform and design architecture) to enhance the simulation capability and performance quality of high-end sonar/acoustic processing systems. Despite extraordinary increases in digital signal processing speed and computing power over the last decade, the ability to interpret the complex characteristics of acoustic signals remains a challenge, especially in an underwater environment. The ISL/UW model seeks to exploit biological signal processing principles, in particular, the echolocation and functionality of one of the top underwater sonar communicators - the dolphin. The new toolkit is initially aimed at improving U.S. Navy sonar systems, which are currently designed to operate in the open ocean environment and are less accurate in underwater environments. However, the ISL solution will be designed to accommodate a broader market of acoustic signal processing systems.

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InnovaTek, Inc.

Richland

http://www.tekkie.com

RTD Award: Phase I

Project Title: "Development of Computer Models and Control Schemes for Biofuel-based Fuel Cell Systems"

Research Partner: Patrick Pedrow, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Pullman

Project Began: 2008

InnovaTek, a Richland-based developer of patented technologies for sustainable power and environmental safety, is teamed with Washington State University to improve InnovaTek's hydrogen fuel processor technology.

WSU received $64,275 in Phase I Research and Technology Development funding from Washington Technology Center and an additional $12,812 from InnovaTek for the project titled "Development of Computer Models and Control Schemes for Biofuel-based Fuel Cell Systems."

Hydrogen fuel cells are an alternative energy source that converts the chemical energy stored in hydrogen to electrical energy without greenhouse gas emissions. However, the transport and storage of hydrogen is expensive and difficult due to its low volumetric energy density. Therefore, the use of energy dense liquid fuels, such as biodiesel for the production of hydrogen at the place of use, will allow fuel cells to be employed for the production of electricity using the existing fuel distribution network.

In this Phase I project, InnovaTek and Patrick Pedrow, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, will develop a microchip-based control system that integrates InnovaTek's InnovaGen fuel processor with commercially available fuel cells. A well-defined and developed control system should not only ensure smooth and safe operation at steady-state conditions, but also provide fast and consistent performance.

Commercial development of InnovaTek's technology will create a power production technology that can utilize current gasoline, diesel and biodiesel distribution infrastructures to provide a clean, quiet and energy-efficient electrical energy generating system.

"InnovaTek is a jewel in the crown of our district. The Tri-Cities is fortunate to be rich in technological innovation. InnovaTek's work on alternative energy will likely be a major force in powering-up Washington in the coming decades. I'm delighted to see the talented people at InnovaTek receive this award. I'm eager to see its research transform the use of fuel processing technology and hydrogen-generated energy in our lifetime."

State Sen. Jerome Delvin, (R-Richland)

"I am excited to see the results of this collaborative effort toward cleaner, alternative energy. Washington, like all states, wants to reduce its dependency on oil, especially foreign oil. I am pleased WSU and InnovaTek are helping lead the way."

State Rep. Larry Haler, (R-Richland)

Research Partner: Dr. Patrick Pedrow, WSU School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Project Began: 2003

One of InnovaTek's projects includes developing a diesel-based fuel processor to supply hydrogen for electrical generation by fuel cells. Using a plasma-enhanced metal organic chemical vapor deposition system available at WSU, research collaboration with Dr. Pedrow will help InnovaTek test the process of placing metal coatings directly onto microchannel surfaces - a technology it expects will greatly enhance its processor efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs.

Research Partner: Philip C. Malte, UW Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

Project Began: 2001

InnovaTek is an early-stage, technology-based company that creates innovative solutions for health, safety, and energy applications. Working with Dr. Malte, the company is developing and testing a fuel-injection component for a diesel and natural-gas-based fuel processor to supply hydrogen for electrical generation - creating a power production technology that can use the nation's current fuel distribution infrastructure to provide a clean, quiet, and energy-efficient electrical-energy-generating system.

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Insitu

Bingen

http://www.insitu.com/

Insitu in the WTC News Forum

RTD Award: Phase III

Research Partner: Rolf Rysdyk, Ph.D., Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington

Project Phase Began: 2006

Insitu makes ScanEagle and other unmanned aerial systems (UASs) in Bingen, Washington for military and commercial customers. A UAS includes aircraft, sensors, communications, ground support, and software tools; it collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and remote sensing information gleaned by the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the system. UASs offer multiple advantages over manned vehicles for long endurance surveillance missions in military, civil government, and commercial applications. Insitu includes robotic capabilities and behaviors in all of its aircraft, so in addition to being unmanned they are autonomous, handling flying tasks and emergency procedures on their own. Insitu and the University of Washington Aeronautics and Astronautics department have collaborated since the company was founded in the early 1990s. Insitu engineers and scientists and UW researchers have jointly developed software to make it easier to remotely manage multiple UAVs flying together in the system. Some of these technologies and experiences are reflected in the SeaScan commercial sea reconnaissance system developed and marketed by Insitu, and the ScanEagle UAS developed by Insitu and marketed by Boeing for military and homeland security operations. For this project, UW professor Dr. Rolf Rysdyk will test his group's latest real-time flight software in the GeoRanger, a geophysical survey UAV that Insitu developed and makes exclusively for Fugro Airborne Surveys, a leading airborne sensing and geological mapping company. The software will be developed and tested in an in situ hardware-in-the-loop system on the ground at UW laboratories to bring it to flight readiness.

Research Partner: Dr. Rolf Rysdyk, UW Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Project year began: 2003

The Insitu Group manufactures miniature robotic aircrafts (also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles-UAVs) for commercial and military applications. They aim to offer economical, autonomous, miniature aerial platforms for long-endurance surveillance missions through the innovative use of advanced technologies.

Concurrent operation of multiple vehicles is limited by the large number of operators required and operator workload. It would be more efficient to move from one operator per plane to one operator controlling multiple planes.

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Isotron Corp.

Redmond

http://www.isotron.net/

Researcher: Dr. Buddy Ratner, UW Engineered Biomaterials Center

Year project began: 2002

This team is developing a technology to provide semi-permeable reactive fabric coatings that can protect field troops, industrial workers, and healthcare workers in case of exposure to hazardous biological agents. This technology can also be applied to decontaminate drinking water systems. These industrial coatings are based on nanoparticle technology. Specifically, the company is working with Dr. Ratner to develop a new nanoparticle species that is capable of capturing and holding oxidant reactive species in a bioavailable state.

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MEIER Enterprises, Inc.

Kennewick

Researcher: Shung Shin, Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Operations, WSU Tri-Cities

Project Year: 2005

Founded in 1982, MEIER Enterprises, Inc. (MEIER) is an engineering and architectural firm located in Kennewick, Washington. The company is partnered with Professor Shung Shin to develop and test a 3-D computer modeling technology for emergency response training. Currently, emergency response and preparedness training methods rely on the decades-old model of "hands-on" training in physical facilities. This provides an element of realism, but is also expensive, inflexible, and limited in application. MEIER plans to use 3-D technology to create virtual training components for various emergency scenarios and combine them with "hands-on" training. Virtual/simulation computer-based training used in conjunction with field scenarios offers a cost-effective and flexible training process. The inclusion of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology allows for electronic tracking of trainees during an exercise in real-time and records the exercise for review and critique in the computer. This means exercises can be reviewed multiple times with 100% accuracy. MEIER will use live training as a test-bed for its simulation tool.

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Modumetal
Seattle

http://www.modumetal.com

About Modumetal, Inc.
Modumetal was co-founded in 2006 in Seattle, WA to realize the commercial potential of a unique class of advanced materials. Modumetal is creating revolutionary nanolaminated and functionally-graded materials that will change design and manufacturing forever by dramatically improving the structural, corrosion and high temperature performance of coatings, bulk materials and parts. Modumetal represents a whole new way of producing parts and is leveraging nanotechnology to achieve this unprecedented performance. Modumetal is made by a "green" electrochemical manufacturing approach, which reduces the carbon footprint of conventional metals manufacturing at the same time that it redefines materials performance.

Entrepreneur's Access award

Project Title: "Functionally-Graded Preceramic Polymer Coating for Corrosion Resistant Commercial Sulfuric Acid Pipelines"

Research Partner: Professor Rajendra Bordia, Ph.D., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington

Award Began: 2009

Modumetal, Inc., a Seattle-based developer of nanostructured materials, is collaborating with the University of Washington's Department of Materials Science and Engineering on a project titled "Functionally-Graded Preceramic Polymer Coating for Corrosion Resistant Commercial Sulfuric Acid Pipelines."

"We are excited about this opportunity to partner with the exceptional researchers at the University of Washington to create this cutting-edge material for new commercial anti-corrosion application," says Leslie Warren, Modumetal's Project Manager and senior engineer in this effort. Christina Lomasney, the company's CEO confirms that "with support from partners like the WTC and University of Washington, Modumetal is poised to create a new technology that will have broad industrial application and will result in new jobs and economic growth in our region."

Sulfuric acid is a highly corrosive substance used extensively in industrial processes. Typical anti-corrosion coatings have a weakness -- if breached, they leave the metal surface underneath the coating vulnerable to acid attack. Modumetal has a unique production method that eliminates this surface weakness by allowing anti-corrosion materials to be functionally combined with metal.

With this project, the team of Modumetal and UW Professor Rajendra Bordia, Ph.D., plans to modify a preceramic polymer system developed at the University to merge with a functionally graded materials system developed by Modumetal for corrosion protection of commercial sulfuric acid production pipelines for ConocoPhillips.

"This project combines the research that has been done at the University of Washington and at Modumetal to develop a novel solution for a significant problem in the area of corrosion," said Dr. Bordia. "The short term EA funding from WTC gives us a chance to initiate this joint development and prepares us for long term collaboration with Modumetal. The need for corrosion resistant coatings is widespread and the proposed solution that we will be exploring with Modumetal has the potential to impact a broad range of industries."

Modumetal expects that successful application of this technology will lead to many opportunities in the $300 million corrosion-prevention market.

The $5,000 award for this project comes from an Entrepreneur's Access grant from Washington Technology Center (WTC). WTC competitively awards around $1 million in state funding annually for research and technology development projects. State funding enables collaboration between companies and non-profit research institutions on technology projects that show strong potential for commercializing products and creating jobs. Since 1996, the state has funded 330 research and technology development projects.

"This grant is a great example of state government at its best," said Washington State Representative Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle). "The seed money from WTC, combined with world-class research facilities at the University of Washington and the innovative entrepreneurs at Modumetal, will create jobs and help the state maintain its lead in technology."


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Northwind Marine

Seattle

http://www.northwindmarine.com

RTD Award: Phase II

Research partner: Juris Vagners, Ph.D., Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington

Project Phase Began: 2007

Northwind Marine, a Seattle-based watercraft manufacturer, is teamed with Dr. Juris Vagners from the University of Washington's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics to develop an automated, realtime navigation and communications system for Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs), small boats used to monitor and protect maritime industries. Maritime Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are a threat to naval and civilian assets such as ships, port facilities, oil terminals and platforms. Current interdiction to detect and deter IEDs requires manned teams, exposing them to potential harm. Autonomous robotic systems comprised of cooperating teams of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) offer an attractive solution and provide 24/7 real time coverage of sensitive areas. Advances in miniaturized electronics and sensors coupled with sophisticated navigation systems have enabled the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for a large range of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) missions operating for extended periods of time over large geographical areas. Similar technology is now being applied to USV technology demonstrations. In a phase one project, Northwind Marine and the UW collaborated to adapt algorithms created through UW research for UAVs to Northwind's Sea Fox USVs. In this phase two project, the team will extend the algorithms to multiple USVs operating concurrently and demonstrate capabilities on one Sea Fox in sea tests. The immediate market for remote controlled or autonomous boats is dominated by security and surveillance applications for the military and for port security. Developing markets include research, surveying, and commercial fishing.

"It's very rewarding as the Chair of Ways and Means Committee to see such a rich return on the funds we have invested in Research and Technology. Even more so when it's in my own 11th District! These recipients will profoundly improve our quality of life for years to come."

State Sen. Margarita Prentice, (D-Renton)

"I'm proud to represent the 11th District which is filled with innovative companies such as Northwind Marine, a 2007 recipient of the Washington Technology Center's Research and Technology Development grant. For twenty five years their cutting-edge boat designs have kept our waterways safe, from Puget Sound to the Persian Gulf. And this partnership with the University of Washington's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics will provide an invaluable service to maritime safety for years to come."

State Rep. Zack Hudgins, (D-Tukwila)

"The Research and Technology Development awards can make a big difference for small companies, such as Northwind Marine, that are looking to grow. The success of small companies is critical to job creation and sustainable economic development."

State Rep. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle)

RTD Award: Phase I

Research partner: Juris Vagners, Ph.D., Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington

Project Phase Began: 2005

Northwind Marine, a Seattle-based watercraft manufacturer, is teamed with Dr. Vagners to develop an automated, real-time navigation and communications system for Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs), small boats used to monitor and protect maritime industries. Maritime Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are a threat to naval and civilian assets such as ships, port facilities, oil terminals and platforms. Current interdiction to detect and deter IEDs requires manned teams, exposing them to potential harm. Autonomous robotic systems comprised of cooperating teams of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) offer an attractive solution and provide 24/7 real time coverage of sensitive areas. Advances in miniaturized electronics and sensors coupled with sophisticated navigation systems have enabled the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for a large range of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) missions operating for extended periods of time over large geographical areas. The same technology has not yet been applied to USVs. This project will adapt algorithms created through UW research for UAVs to Northwind's Sea Fox USVs and enable cooperative operation with the Scan Eagle UAV (built by The Insitu Group). The immediate market for remote controlled or autonomous boats is dominated by security and surveillance applications for the military and for port security. Developing markets include research, surveying, and commercial fishing.

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Paine Electronics

Wenatchee

Researcher: Dr. David Bahr, WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Year project began: 2004

Research efforts will produce two prototype strain sensors for Paine's pressure gauges, which will increase the products' sensitivity while maintaining the robust mechanical reliability of the devices. Paine's pressure transducers and pressure transmitters are used in aerospace, defense, oil and gas, marine, and other industries.

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Survival, Inc.

Seattle

http://www.survivalinc.com/

Researcher: Dr. Brian Flinn, University of Washington Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering

Year project began: 2003

Survival provides chemical defense and ballistic protection technologies to military and homeland defense personnel. While current fiber or composite-wrapped ceramic plates offer limited multi-hit protection, they are too heavy to be used for full-body protection. The company is researching lightweight, multi-hit protective systems that do not impair mobility, cause distracting discomfort, or induce fatigue. Survival has teamed with Dr. Brian Flinn to develop a concept for a multi-material, multilayer solution that will leverage new uses for existing materials, new textile technology, and manufacturing processes to put a superior, affordable armor on the market.

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VirtuSphere, Inc.

Sammamish

Researcher: Suzanne Weghorst, Senior Research Scientist, Human Interface Technology Laboratory, University of Washington

Project Year: 2005

VirtuSphere, Inc. has teamed with Dr. Weghorst with the UW's Human Interface Technology (HIT) Laboratory, a leading Virtual Reality academic research facility, to explore new market opportunities for the company's patented VirtuSphere product. This platform enables lifelike movements in virtual reality and delivers an innovative interface via the most natural form of navigation (i.e. walking). Virtual reality (VR) simulation was valued in 2003 at $42 billion worldwide. Revenues are projected to reach $78 billion by 2008. VR technology holds significant promise and potential for a host of applications including education and training, rehabilitation, recreation, and data visualization. One of the key barriers for VR has been the lack of devices which allow users to move freely and navigate naturally in virtual environments (VEs). The VirtuSphere omni-directional locomotion device provides a highly effective and robust solution to this problem, allowing lifelike movements with full-range of motion. VirtuSphere's primary market is military training and simulation. Through this project, the team will explore application of this technology to new commercial markets including interactive education, rehabilitation, and movement-based gaming.

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